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Dock workers injured as 28 tonnes of steel falls from crane

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:03pm AEST

Bluescope Steel is defending its loading operations after an incident at Port Kembla, in Wollongong, where workers narrowly escaped being crushed.

It is understood 28 tonnes of steel being loaded onto a ship bound for Korea fell several metres when a cable snapped, also causing parts of the crane to plummet to the wharf below.

A Bluescope spokesman says two workers received minor injuries, while the crane driver and two other workers were shaken by the incident last Thursday.

He says crane cables are routinely inspected by an independent contractor prior to every job and an investigation is underway.

The incident comes after Port Kembla dock workers walked off the job this week in support of new national safety regulations following the death of a Port Botany worker who was crushed while loading containers on a ship two weeks ago.


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